Talk: Norbert Schnell – Playing (with) Sound, 2. Juni 2014

Norbert Schnell / IRCAM – Centre Pompidou, Paris
Playing (with) Sound


Dr. Norbert Schnell is a researcher and developer focusing on real-time interactive digital audio processing and interaction design. Together with his colleagues of the Sound Music Movement Interaction Team at IRCAM – Centre Pompidou in Paris he develops technologies and interaction scenarios on the frontiers between music listening and music performance. He was involved in numerous international research and development projects as well as artistic works in the field of music, interactive audiovisual installations, music pedagogy, and industrial design. In 2007 he held the DAAD Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship for Electronic Music at the Technische Universität Berlin. Having created musical interactions that – apart from digital technologies – involve traditional musical instruments, chessboards, gambling machines, balls, and kitchen utilities he currently explores collective interaction scenarios based on web-based mobile technologies that involve many people engaging in making music together.


“The recent availability of both affordable motion capture technology and mobile platforms allows for creating a new generation of musical instruments and interactive audio applications. These systems currently redefine the boundaries between music listening and music performance. New devices and applications enable music listening as an active participation in musical interpretation and composition. At the same time, new digital musical instruments integrate notions of perception, generativity, and collaboration, questioning the performance practices and functions of traditional instruments. In this context, the design of novel instruments and interactive audio applications explores the infinite possibilities to create relationships between bodily action, physical objects, sound, and musical structures. Design here may rely on existing – musical and extra-musical – metaphors and bodily knowledge as well as on abstract concepts and topologies. In this talk, I will present various projects that we realised over the past years in different collaborations, focusing on underlying concepts and inspirations.”

Talk: Monday, June 2nd 2014 / 19:00
Oberlichtsaal / Hauptgebäude
Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 8

This talk is part of the Bauhausinteraction Colloquium.